Who Are the 5-Deuce Hoover Crips?
The 5-Deuce Hoover Crips, also called the 52 Hoover Gangster Crips or Young Hoggs, are a Los Angeles-based street gang that has existed since at least the 1970s. The gang originated on the west side of Los Angeles around 52nd and Hoover Streets between Vermont and Figueroa Avenues. They have since expanded to many other parts of the United States.
There were over a thousand active 5-Deuce Hoover gang members in South Central Los Angeles by the late 1980s.
The gang is a subset of the larger Hoover Criminals street gang and is also the only subset in this gang that continues to associate with the Crips, wearing the Crips’ traditional blue colors along with the orange of the Hoover Criminals. The continued association with the Crips may be due to sharing space with them in Los Angeles. Members may wear a cap or other clothing emblazoned with the word “Hoover” in orange with the o’s crossed out or an “H” superimposed over an orange star on a blue background.
Stockton, Calif., Tyler, Texas, and New Jersey police and media report local activity involving the 5-Deuce Hoover Crips. They may also be present in the city of Houston and the states of Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, New York and Tennessee.